A good motto will remind you of what is truly important.

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When asked, I think many people would say their lives are largely a result of their habits and routines. These routines not only lead them to complete similar actions each day, but they also lead them to have similar thoughts. This is what human bodies are good at. They pick up on the things you often do and make it easier to do them again. However, if you’re attempting to change your life, you need to establish new actions and thought patterns to replace the ones that do not serve you anymore. …

Why I started writing and continue to come back to it.

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July 23, 2018.

That was the first article I published here on Medium. It was the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone and wrote something for the internet to see. I have a hard time believing it has been that long since I set out on this journey.

Today, I want to share with you the story that lead me to first publish on Medium and why I come back every so often to write more.

Trying to Make A Little Money

Like many things, my discovery of writing was first motivated by the chance to make a little extra cash. It was…

For a long time, I thought mindfulness was trying to squeeze the most out of each experience.

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It was somewhere around 5 years ago that I first became deeply interested in the power of mindfulness. I was midway through high school and my life was not where I wanted it to be. Somehow, I managed to stumble upon self-help articles and I discovered the process of meditation.

For the following few months, I would practice meditation 3 to 4 times a week. It was the first time, I became consciously aware of many of the thoughts I was carrying throughout my day and it allowed me to be much happier.

These months led me to develop a…

Boundaries are a beautiful thing.

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As a child, boundaries are the fences parents use to keep you under control. As a result, many kids learn to dream of a world without boundaries. One where anything is possible, no dream is too small, and the world will find a way to mend itself to your desires and ideals.

The optimism that emerges has the power to be both a blessing and a curse. I have found myself on both sides of this equation. I am lucky to have control over my education and lifestyle choices, but I often find myself paralyzed by the possibilities.

In a…

Some people light up your life, others hold it together.

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I firmly believe the people in our lives are as important as the ideas we hold, the actions we take, and the future we seek. Without the right people, it is easy for a life to flounder under the best of intentions. To make the most out of your relationships, you need your own collection of fireworks and rocks.

Fireworks Provide the Fuel for Life

The fireworks are the artists of possibilities. They show you the amazing moments that should not go unnoticed in a well-lived life. Fireworks can make you laugh until there are tears falling from your eyes. They might set up parties, invite…

The power of simply being content.

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Life is crazy! There is so much going on. I’ll be praising the happiness I feel in one moment and five minutes later, I’ll find myself sinking into a sad rut. Within an hour, I can easily go through three to four different emotions. Each of them feels just as real and endless as the last.

Emotions are possibly the scariest force within this world. Nothing is as persuasive as your emotions. When things are going well, your emotions let you know how great you feel. You give yourself pats on the back and feel like you could do anything…

The person you are is formed by what you do when nobody is around.

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It’s often said that good character is displayed when we do good things with nobody around. I couldn’t agree more with this saying, but I think we can go even further than this.

Usually, we say good character is shown by doing good things when nobody is around because it means you’re not doing it to increase your standing in someone else’s eyes. You’re being kind simply because you believe it is the right thing to do.

The question I would ask is: what if you’re kindness or lack of kindness in these moments were to become a self-fulfilling prophecy…

Sometimes, the people that provide us the biggest challenges also teach us the most.

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In life, it’s often the people that challenge you the most that teach you the most about yourself and the world. In my 2 years of college, I have had many different professors but there is one that sticks out as the most difficult.

It was my first semester of college. I was just getting my feet wet in college life and one of my courses for the semester was an introductory composition class. I was never the best writer in high school, but I expected the class to be fairly easy. After all, it was just writing. Not advanced…

Appreciate the other species you cross paths with.

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A few weeks ago, most students from my school got sent home for the rest of the semester. As an RA, I am one of the few that still remains.

Living on a relatively empty campus has brought about many changes. The school consolidated buildings, meaning many of us had to move. Dining also moved buildings for the third time this semester. We also have weekly testing to prevent another spike from occurring.

Out of all that has happened, there has been one bright spot that I have enjoyed personally. …

It is simple, yet surprisingly difficult.

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For most of us, life is filled with goals, dreams, and desires. There are many things we want to experience and create. We may also have objects we hope to purchase and awards we hope to receive. These are all natural wants and there is nothing wrong with them, but can we find a goal that covers all the other goals? This goal will likely be different for everyone and may change over time, but it is good to know the general direction you want to head. That way you can course-correct if you need to.

At this moment, I…

Logan Haney

Current college student at SUNY Oneonta. Consistently in the process of self discovery and personal growth. https://loganhaneywriting.com/

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